Royal Copenhagen's Annual Christmas Tables 2016:
"A Fashionable Christmas"

Fashion is in perpetual motion and so is Royal Copenhagen. Both have Christmas’ unique beauty, symbolism and traditions as sources of inspiration. This year, Royal Copenhagen has invited six fashion designers to give their interpretation of a Christmas Table.

Inherent for the fashion industry is its ability to capture the moment and process it, while maintaining its roots in craftsmanship, tailoring, and exclusive materials. Just as Royal Copenhagen, since 1775, has managed to stay relevant by adapting to future culinary and interior design trends. So it was a natural choice for Royal Copenhagen to invite some of the most trend-setting designers to give their interpretation of a Christmas that is continually evolving.  And just as Danish designers have an international perspective, international designers also look towards Denmark as a market.

So this year, Royal Copenhagen has invited five Danish brands and one international. The Danish participants are Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave from Baum und Pferdgarten; Charlotte Eskildsen from Designers Remix; Ole Yde from Yde; Cecilie Bahnsen and Mark Tan - each of whom have impressive international reputations. To represent the international scene is Iranian-born Leyla Piedayesh from Berlin. She is the founder of lala Berlin, which enjoys a firm place in the Danish fashion scene and at Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Each of the decorators for this year’s Christmas Tables have their own signature design styles that masterfully demonstrate a passion for craftsmanship, detail and history, beautifully orchestrated through their individual table settings. The Royal Copenhagen flagship store in the centre of Copenhagen, on Amagertorv, is alive with deconstructed tables, colourful decor, a French castle, a pale pink gallery and a labyrinthine snail shell. Tables that show the dream of Christmas lives on, whether classic, alternative, festive, international or embracive.

It is 53rd time that Royal Copenhagen has invited famous artists, royals and a wide range of creative personalities to set a table and create a scenography that reflects the times and its trends. Again this year, we expect that several thousands guests will visit Royal Copenhagen's flagship store to shop and experience the Christmas Tables, from November 17 to December 31.

 

Driving home for Christmas

Driving home for Christmas was the song that Cecilie Bahnsen’s father played on the car radio every year when he picked her up at the airport. This was a tradition when she travelled home to celebrate Christmas with her family. Now the designer has returned to Copenhagen after seven years in London. Together with her English partner, illustrator Daniel Frost, they have to form new Christmas traditions made up of fragments from two traditions and two countries. Cecilie Bahnsen has chosen to cover her table with White Fluted Half Lace juxtaposed with White and Multicoloured Elements, combining past and present.

Cecilie Bahnsen has created a Christmas table where work life and home life collide, and in a mix of Scandinavian tranquility and English class. Walls of pale mauve, an eye-catching mood board and a long table divided by a bookcase provide the backdrop for her Christmas table. The bookcase expertly separates and fuses job satisfaction and private life with drawing tools on one side and Christmas dinner on the other.

Biography

Cecilie Bahnsen is a shooting star on the Danish and international fashion scene. With a background from the Royal College of Art in London, Bahnsen creates clothes in a feminine, sculptural, raw and detail-filled universe under her own name. Focusing on the noble craft, she finds inspiration in quilting, patchwork and embroidery, and uses them in new and adventurous ways. Cecilie Bahnsen is also the winner of the 2016 “Danish Design Talent” Award.

 

Charlotte Eskildsen, Designers Remix and Little Remix

A Modern Minimal Christmas

It has to be pale pink! And pale pink it became. So much so, you would think Christmas has been hung in a gallery. With her sharp sense for modernity and conceptual simplicity, Charlotte Eskildsen invites her guests into a universe where pale pink is the dominant colour - inspired by the prevailing colour trend on the fashion scene. Eskildsen has created a modern framework where she captures the present, the moment and even the now in a visual performance where she manages to integrate the walls, marble, chairs and pale pink textiles seamlessly. Charlotte Eskildsen has chosen the most minimal of Royal Copenhagen’s designs, White Fluted, for its clean Scandinavian and modernist expression.

Bid welcome to Charlotte Eskildsen's vision of a conceptual Christmas in a fashionable colour!

Biography

Charlotte Eskildsen is the Founder and Creative Director of Designers Remix and Little Remix. She possesses a timeless talent for the elegant and the classic.

Modernism and functionalism are the cornerstones in all aspects of her creative process, whether it’s creation of clothes, accessories and shoes for the modern woman or their daughters. Charlotte Eskildsen has a degree in design from the Kolding Design School and has received countless design awards throughout her career.

 

Baum und Pferdgarten (Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave)

A Deconstructed Christmas

Through a multitude of styles and expressions, Baum & Pferdgarten set the tone for their deconstructed Christmas table where three composite tables radiate a radical new way to celebrate, decorate and party. Through an eclectic whirlwind of ideas and expressions, the design duo captivates their guests with textures, materials and impressions in their favourite colour, blue. Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave have decorated their tables with a potpourri of Blue Fluted Plain, Blue Fluted Half Lace and Elements. The Danish designer Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt’s large pendant in plexiglass and brass, lights the deconstructed table like a bright winter star.

Biography

Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave are the two halves of the successful Danish design duo Baum und Pferdgarten. Their flair for textures, materials and compositions have built a respect for their brand, both in Denmark and internationally, since 1999. With their personal style and mix of textures, Baum & Pferdgarten create feminine clothes with references to tailoring, classic men’s fashion and well-defined proportions. Both graduated from the Danish Design School with a degree in clothing.

 

Leyla Piedayesh, lala Berlin

Three Kings’ Day Celebration

Leyla Piedayesh, Founder of lala Berlin, invites guests into a world where their senses are heightened. The eyes are delighted and curiosity is aroused, with colours that shimmer like jewels, fresh fruit sourced from exotic trees and luscious fabrics; she is creating a scenography inspired by the three wise men. True to her Iranian roots, Leyla Piedayesh lets her guests step into an atmosphere that is resonating in the festive spirit! As Christmas is all about sharing, the food is presented on large platters, along with a combination of both antique and modern wine glasses and are all presented on a wonderfully glossy emerald green table to create a contemporary version of Middle Eastern flair, uniting the Middle Eastern and European visions of style.

Leyla Piedayesh beautifully combines Blue Fluted and Princess with Full- and Half Lace Purpur.

Biography

Leyla Piedayesh is the Founder and Creative Director of lala Berlin. A brand known for its high quality knitted accessories, blouses and feminine dresses, created in exclusive yarns, silk and jersey. Leyla Piedayesh lives and works in Berlin and uses the different impressions she experiences in this bustling German metropolis as the inspiration for her collections.

 

Mark Kenly Domino Tan

Mark Tan’s Labyrinthian snail shell

In the most abstract and fairy tale way, Mark Kenly Domino Tan has set his table with Royal Copenhagen White Fluted and Arje Griegst’s iconic Conch series, creating a narrative about diversity through the organic shapes. To Mark Tan, Christmas represents both complexity and togetherness, but with no unyielding traditions. You should find your personal path. It is the fellowship and joy of gathering around a table that occupies Mark Tan. Creating a Christmas that invites family, friends and neighbours inside.

Biography

Mark Kenly Domino Tan founded his namesake company in 2012, but has drawn, sewn and created clothing ever since he was a child. After graduating from Design School Kolding, he perfected his craft in storied fashion houses like Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel. Mark Tan aims to re-establish respect for tailored clothing and take responsibility for the world around us. Mark Tan has received several honours, including The Crown Prince couple of Denmark’s Stardust prize in 2015.

 

Ole Yde, Yde

Christmas Eve at Le Petit Trianon

Ole Yde is fascinated by the larger than life personas that have lived throughout world history, and was therefore elated when a Christmas invitation from the French queen Marie Antoinette arrived at his doorstep. With a cornucopia of authentic Louis Seize style, Ole Yde brings out the joy in all of us with his unorthodox design. It exudes the playfulness and satisfaction of a great party with its overturned chairs, a fallen chandelier, stains on the tablecloth and empty glasses from Christmas guests. The atmosphere is from a historic time, that Ole Yde not just pays tribute to, but brings to life, in a table setting with the most majestic and royal dinner service of them all – Flora Danica.

The beautiful scenography has been hand-painted by Sarah Becker.

Biography

Ole Yde designs luxury prêt-à-porter women's clothing and his creations are featured at the major fashion shows in Paris twice a year. His design is equal parts charming, elegant, poetic and feminine. And is made from exclusive materials that are hand-picked in workshops across Europe. Ole Yde is also featured in Royal Copenhagen's 2016 catalogue.

 

Helle Hestehave og Rikke Baumgarten from Baum und Pferdgarten

Helle Hestehave og Rikke Baumgarten from Baum und Pferdgarten

Cecilie Bahnsen

Charlotte Eskildsen from Designers Remix

Leyla Piedayesh from lala Berlin

Leyla Piedayesh from lala Berlin

Mark Tan

Mark Tan

Ole Yde from Yde

Ole Yde from Yde